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Eagle's Landing HS educator named Ga. History Teacher of the Year

Eagle's Landing HS educator named Ga. History Teacher of the Year

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Nina Kendall has been named Georgia's History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Kendall teaches U.S. history at Eagle's Landing High School in Henry County. As a state-level Teacher of the Year, she received a $1,000 prize and several books for the school's media center. If she is chosen as the National History Teacher of the Year, she will win $10,000.

"I am thrilled to be recognized for my work in the classroom," Kendall said. "It renews my spirit to be honored by those who share my love for history and history education."

Kendall is also the 2011 recipient of the Gwen Hutcheson Outstanding Social Studies Educator honor from the Georgia Council for the Social Studies.

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

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Ga. libraries launch college savings sweepstakes

Ga. libraries launch college savings sweepstakes

(WXIA) -- Public libraries across Georgia will participate in this year's Summer Reading Program and college savings sweepstakes.

The initiative, which is hosted by Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan, will award one grand prize and four regional scholarships to five lucky participants. The winners will be chosen at random from five groups.

The grand prize is a college scholarship worth $5,529 and a $1,529 grant for the winner's library. The runners-up will each get $1,529 to put toward a Path2College 529 Plan and $529 for their libraries.

Georgia parents, grandparents and legal guardians can sign up their children at path2college529.com. Entry closes on Aug. 10.

The program provides students with activities throughout the summer and encourages them to read by giving them prizes for finishing books, ebooks, audiobooks and magazines.

Participating library groups include:

Ga. Connections Academy graduates Class of 2014

Ga. Connections Academy graduates Class of 2014

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy recently held a graduation ceremony for its Class of 2014.

Many classmates met for the very first time during the event at the Gwinnett Center.

"We are very proud of our graduates," GCA lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. Altogether, the Class of 2014 secured $1.33 million in college scholarship offers.

Emily McClure of Columbus is GCA's valedictorian. She will attend Georgia College and State University on the Zell Miller Scholarship in the fall.

Learn more about Georgia Connections Academy, the state's free virtual charter school for students in grades K-12, at georgiaconnectionsacademy.com.

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Union Grove HS grad named Work-Based Learning Student of the Month

Union Grove HS grad named Work-Based Learning Student of the Month

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Sam Fisher is Henry County Schools' Work-Based Learning Student of the Month for April 2014.

Fisher recently graduated from Union Grove High School in McDonough. He works at Truett's Grill in Morrow, where the manager, Jesse Gilchrist, appreciates his dedication to the job.

"Sam is hardworking and willing to do whatever it takes to go the second mile for every guest he comes in contact with," Gilchrist, a fellow Union Grove High grad, said in a release.

Fisher said working at Truett's Grill and being involved in the Work-Based Learning program taught him valuable life skills, including teamwork, independence, patience, responsibility and time management. He will begin his freshman year at Georgia State University this fall and plans to pursue a career in health care.

Henry County Schools' Work-Based Learning program provides high school students with real-world work opportunities that supplement the lessons they learn in the classroom.

Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

Ga. Cyber Academy graduates first class

(WXIA) -- The Class of 2014 is the very first class to graduate from Georgia Cyber Academy, the state's free online public school.

The school will hold a graduation ceremony at noon on Saturday, May 31 at the Gwinnett Center. More than 300 graduating seniors are scheduled to walk across the stage.

"We're so proud of each of our graduates, all of whom have taken the individualized learning that comes with GCA's online curriculum and worked with GCA's world-class teachers to adapt it to best serve and support their own academic successes," GCA head of school Matt Arkin said in a release.

Members of GCA's Class of 2014 were accepted to some of the country's top colleges and universities, including Cornell University, Georgia Tech, the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia.